Which of the 14 teams comprising the 2014 NBA draft lottery will come away with the coveted No. 1 overall selection?
We're about to find out.
On Tuesday, the Ping-Pong balls will determine which franchises will own the top three picks in June's draft. Once those selections come to fruition, the remaining 11 teams will be awarded picks four through 14 in inverse order of their regular-season records.
As we know, the lottery can be full of surprises. Just how drastically can the draft shake up? Take a look at this tweet from Freep Sports:
Sure, the Detroit Pistons landing the No. 2 overall selection is a major long shot; however, it's absolutely a possibility.
While we wait with bated breath for the lottery to commence, let's take a look at the full schedule to ensure the highly anticipated event won't be missed.
2014 NBA Draft Lottery Viewing Information
When: Tuesday, May 20
Where: Times Square Studio in New York City
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
2014 NBA Draft Lottery Odds
|6||Los Angeles Lakers||6.3%|
|10||New Orleans Pelicans||1.1%|
|12||New York Knicks||0.7%|
Once the selections are locked in, our focus will shift to potential prospects who will be selected by the teams at the top of the draft.
This year featured a plethora of talent. It can be conceived that each team holding a lottery pick will undoubtedly acquire a player who can come in and contribute immediately.
The draft combine featured plenty of that talent.
Even though Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid didn't participate, other lottery prospects put on some dazzling shows in Chicago.
Dante Exum could certainly wind up as a top-three selection after his showing at the combine.
He wowed teams and media with a high level of maturity during his interviews. One onlooker who came away impressed was NBA.com's Alex Kennedy, according to his tweet:
Dante Exum is so nice and humble. So mature and poised for 18 years old. A lot to like about his game, even more to like about personality.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 16, 2014
Not only did Exum flourish during the interview process, but he put up some gaudy numbers during on-court drills.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted a great speed comparison of Exum to top-tier NBA talent:
Dante Exum's 3/4 court sprint time of 3.19 is better than Chris Paul (3.22), Steph Curry (3.28), Damian Lillard (3.34)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 16, 2014
Two other prospects who really helped themselves were Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine.
Both players' athleticism shined during the combine, and that was noted by this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:
Zach LaVine & Aaron Gordon shined at the NBA Draft Combine. Is Noah Vonleh better than Julius Randle? Read here: http://t.co/mtla9S8FUo— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2014
Once the lottery is finalized, we'll know the complete pecking order of this year's draft.
Everyone is wondering which of these prospects will be their team's newest addition.
We'll know soon enough.